Haoyun Zhang

About Haoyun Zhang

I am a student doing BPPE at the ANU. My interest lies in current events in a global context. I believe that only peaceful and democratic resolutions could eliminate violence or conflicts and make the world a better place.

A Step Towards Peace: Trump Offers To Meet With Iran Without Preconditions

On Monday 30 July, United States President Donald Trump announced that he would like to meet the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at “any time” with “no preconditions.”  At a brief news conference at the White House, Trump said he would meet with “anybody” since he “believes in meeting.” There is […]

UN Delays Vote On Cease-fire Resolution After Russia Rejects Civilian Casualties Reports

A United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a month-long cease-fire in order to provide humanitarian aids in Eastern Ghouta was blocked on Friday by Russia. Representatives from Russia have rejected widespread reporting of mass civilian casualties in Syria. The Russian envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated during a […]

Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s WHO Appointment Triggered Widespread Outrage

Recently, the WHO appointed Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. The Director-General of the UN health agency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, asked Mugabe to help tackle non-communicable disease like heart attacks and asthma across Africa. However, this decision has attracted global criticism and outrage. Members of WHO have expressed confusion […]

Nobel Peace Laureates Says Trump Is “Igniting New Conflict” By Leaving Iran Deal

This Friday, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate condemned the U.S. President Donald Trump for “igniting new conflict rather than reducing the risk of nuclear war.” The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) emerged as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize, and it criticized Trump after he withheld […]

UN: Immediate Action Needed As Rohingya Crisis Intensifies

More funds and aid are needed as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar intensifies, a new UN report warns. The report, which was published last Friday, focused on the mass exodus of innocent civilians fleeing Myanmar into the neighbouring country Bangladesh. Since recent weeks, more than half a million people have […]

Rohingya Crisis: International Action Needed After Aung San Suu Kyi’s Controversial Speech

A televised speech by Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has drawn international attention this week. Suu Kyi refused to criticize Myanmar’s security forces, which is believed to have carried out brutal ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in the country. Facing a barrage of international criticism, what the Myanmar’s […]

Number of Severely Hungry People On The Rise Again, New UN Report Warns

According to a new UN report that has launched in Rome on Friday, the number of chronically hungry people in the world is increasing again. 815 million people were undernourished in 2016, which is 38 million more than 2015. The report also shows that lingering conflicts, climate change, and economic […]

UN Report Finds More Than 250 People Killed In Congo Since March

More than 250 people, including 62 children, were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between March and June of this year, according to a new UN report. The report is based on interviews with 96 refugees who fled Congo’s Kasai region into Angola. From their accounts, the UN […]